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Bicycle Registry

Every year, hundreds of bicycles are reported stolen within Kingston, while countless others go missing but are never reported. If your bicycle has been lost or stolen, you can report it online.

On average, Kingston Police recovers nearly 250 bikes a year, but unfortunately very few bicycles have been registered, making it challenging to determine who they belong to so that they can be returned.

#EndBikeTheft in Kingston

Register you bicycle online

Kingston Police has partnered with the City of Kingston and Cycle Kingston to provide a bicycle registration service through 529 Garage. Registration helps Kingston Police identify stolen bikes that are recovered so that they can be returned to their owners. Bikes bearing the 529 Shield also warn thieves that it is registered, acting as an additional deterrent to theft.

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How it works

Registering is quick and easy – just download the 529 Garage app from your smartphone or tablet, or head to the 529 Garage website.

Enter the important information about your bike, including serial number, brand, and colour. Add photos of your bike too - the more information you provide the easier your bike will be to identify.

If your bike goes missing, it’s easy to report it as stolen or missing using 529 Garage app or website. 529 Garage will send out an alert to the community so that others can keep an eye out and notify you if your bike is found.

Once you’ve marked a bike as missing or stolen, 529 Garage will direct you to Kingston Police’s online reporting site. Filing a police report is a requirement to legally claim your bike back if it is recovered by any Police department in Canada. There is no cost to report your bike as stolen to Kingston Police.

Bike Theft Prevention

Bicycle theft is an ongoing issue in the City of Kingston. Registering your bike and ensuring that it is locked properly are the best ways to prevent your bike from being stolen.

Follow these tips to minimize the risk of your bike being stolen.

It only takes a few minutes to register and it’s free to use.

The 529 Garage bike registry is accessible to hundreds of police services across Canada and the US, increasing the likelihood of your bike being returned to you whether it is recovered here in Kingston, or elsewhere.

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Always use a secure, high-quality bike lock, such as a u-lock.

High-security locks require more time to defeat in comparison to chains or cable locks, which can often be defeated by bike thieves in seconds.

Consult with your local bike shop for help in choosing a lock and how to use it effectively.

Bicycle Lock


Whenever possible, store your bicycle inside or in a locked garage. Avoid locking your bike on the front porch or at the side of the house/building.

Residents living in high-rise apartments and condominiums should store their bike in a designated secured enclosure, if available.

Lock bicycle inside


When locking your bike outside, lock the frame and at least one wheel to a secure bike rack, such as an inverted-u or post and ring rack.


If possible, secure the second wheel by using a high-quality cable lock.
Avoid using bike racks that are damaged or not properly anchored.

Avoid locking to objects that can be moved, dismantled, or destroyed to free your bike - such as street signs, fences, and even small trees.

Inverted U Rack


Post Ring Rack




Public bike racks located on sidewalks or in front of businesses are generally safe for short-term daytime parking.

Avoid locking your bike in concealed areas with poor lighting and little to no surveillance opportunities.

The more visible your bike is, the less likely is it will be targeted for theft.

Lock bicycle in visible area


Even if your bike is locked securely, accessories and bike parts are often targeted by thieves.

Be sure to take your helmet and easily removed accessories with you – such as lights, water bottles, bells, and gear bags.

For added security, swap quick release parts (such as seat posts and wheel axles) with bolts or secure hardware. Ask the experts at your local bike shop if you need any help.

Bicycle accessories


When buying a used bike, meet in a public place and verify that the serial number isn’t listed as missing/stolen on 529 Garage.

When selling a bike that you’ve registered, don’t forget to transfer the registration to the new owner on 529 Garage. No personal information will be shared.

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For Added Protection: Shield Your Bike 

In addition to registering, you can add an optional 529 Shield to your bike. 

The 529 Shield provides a visual theft deterrent by letting any would-be thieves know that the bike is registered with 529 Garage.

These tamper-resistant stickers can be affixed to your bike frame and include a unique registration number that you can link to your bike's registration, acting like a licence plate for your bike. 


Where to get a 529 Garage Shield

529 Shields can be picked up for free from Kingston Police Headquarters at 705 Division Street while supplies last. They can also be purchased from Cycle Kingston and at participating local bike shops throughout the city.

Kingston is home to several locally owned and operated cycling shops. You can purchase a 529 shield, quality bike locks, and get expert advice and service at the following locations: 

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Frequently Asked Questions

The serial number is often engraved or embedded into the frame, though it may also be printed on a sticker affixed to your bike. Look carefully!

Most bicycle serial numbers are located under the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks come together. Simply turn your bike upside down and record the number.

The diagram below shows the five most common serial number locations.

Bicycle Serial number locations

If you plan to obtain your shield at one of our in-person events, you will need to bring your bike with you, and pre-register on the 529 Garage app.

If you are obtaining a shield at Kingston Police Headquarters, you will need to pre-register your bike on the 529 Garage app and ensure one of the registration photos includes one with you and your bike. 

You can also register online or using the 529 Garage app and pick up a 529 Shield from a participating local bike shop. 

Only Kingston Police personnel will have access to the full database. If you issue an alert, you can choose what type of contact information you want to release to the biking community.

The 529 Garage stickers use a special adhesive that makes it difficult to tamper with or remove once applied. However, if your shield falls off your bike, you are still protected because you registered your bike with 529 Garage. The sticker itself is meant to act as a visual deterrent. If you can’t catch us at one of our events we are attending this year, you can still register through the 529 Garage website and obtain your sticker at a later time.

In order to ensure that the right bike goes to its proper owner, Kingston Police requires that a police report is filed. We have made it easier to file a report by offering it online.

In order to release the bike to you, we need to verify that you are the owner. By creating a report, you provide us with a formal record for accountability and transparency purposes. This is a common requirement across Canada. 

Vancouver Police Service and affiliated RCMP stations have reported a 30% reduction in bike thefts in Vancouver two years after introducing 529 Garage, as well as a 55% reduction in Whistler.

Anyone that has the app on their smartphone can help with the recovery. Once a user reports their bike is missing, anyone within 15 kilometers of the incident receives a notification with details of the missing report. Other users can send a notification if they spot the missing bike.

Never attempt to recover a stolen bike without first contacting police.

There is a tool on the app that lets you forward the bike's information, sticker registration, and non-personally identifying photos to the email of the person to whom you sold your bike.

No. Kingston Police, The City of Kingston, and Cycle Kingston are sponsors of this initiative, and offer the 529 Shields free of charge from Kingston Police Headquarters or at local biking events.

529 Shields are also available from local bike shops for a small fee to cover their costs of running the program.


The Kingston Police makes no representations, warranties or guarantees of any kind that a bicycle will be recovered or returned from use of the 529 Garage bike registry.

We do not assume, and are not responsible for, any liability whatsoever for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the data and information provided, regardless of how they are caused. We are not liable for any loss or damage whatsoever from use of the 529 Garage bike registry.

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